President makes top level changes


28-June-2013

Marise Berlouis, PS for Enterpreneurship Development and Business Innovation Michel Nalletamby, PS for Natural Resources

Alain Volcère, PS for Youth  Giovanna Rousseau, CEO of the National Sports Council

Peggy Vidot, PS for Health  Dr Jude Gedeon, Public Health Commissioner

Joseph François, PS for Land Use and Housing  Yves Choppy, PS for Project Planning and Implementation (MLUH)

Sherin Naiken, CEO of Seychelles Tourism Board  Anne Lafortune, PS for Tourism

Mina Crea, CEO of the Public Officer Ethics Commission  Marie-Nella Nancy, CEO of the National Tender Board

Sitna Cesar, CEO of the Public Enterprise Monitoring Commission

 

This new department is in line with the announcements made by President James Michel in his National Day Address 2013.

"The time has now come for us to empower small and medium enterprises. With the solid foundation we now have following our economic reform, we need to enable Seychellois businesses to develop. But it seems that there are still too many obstacles to starting and expanding a small business. One of the difficulties is the level of bureaucracy, which must be reviewed. The ministries and agencies which provide the services need to do more and better to help entrepreneurial Seychellois.  They must help him to expand his business," the President said in his speech.

The new department is tasked with the mandate to empower, support and encourage the growth of enterprises, various forms of industries, and small businesses.

Marise Berlouis has been appointed the principal secretary for Enterpreneurship Development and Business Innovation. Mrs Berlouis has previously held executive roles at the Seychelles Licensing Authority, Small Enterprise Promotion Agency and Industries, as well as being special advisor in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Industry.

This top level change will mean that this ministry will be called Ministry of Natural Resources and will focus solely on the sustainable development of Seychelles’ natural resources, such as the blue economy and agriculture, and developing food security strategy. Michel Nalletamby therefore now holds the title of principal secretary for Natural Resources.

President Michel has also appointed Alain Volcere as the principal secretary for Youth, a post that he has held in the past. Mr Volcere was formerly the chief executive of the National Sports Council (NSC), a post which will now be held by Giovanna Rousseau, formerly manager for marketing & promotion at the NSC.

Peggy Vidot has been appointed as principal secretary for Health. Dr Jude Gedeon, who had been the acting principal secretary, will continue to work in his capacity as Public Health Commissioner.
Joseph François has been appointed the principal secretary for Land Use and Housing. Mr Francois was formerly the director general for Protocol, Treaties and Consular Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The outgoing principal secretary for Land Use and Housing, Yves Choppy will take up the post of principal secretary for Project Planning and Implementation, in a new department of the Ministry of Land Use and Housing.

Following the resignation of Elsia Grandcourt from the post of chief executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, the President has appointed Sherin Naiken, formerly principal secretary for Tourism, as the new chief executive of STB. Mrs Grandcourt has been nominated for a high level post in an international organisation.

Anne Lafortune, formerly chief executive of the Public Officer Ethics Commission, has been appointed principal secretary for Tourism.
Mina Crea, formerly the chief executive of the National Tender Board, has been appointed chief executive of the Public Officer Ethics Commission. Marie-Nella Nancy takes up the post of chief executive officer of the National Tender Board.

Sitna Cesar has been appointed chief executive of the Public Enterprise Monitoring Commission, which is a new body approved by the National Assembly in March this year. Mrs Cesar was formerly the Comptroller-General in the Ministry of Finance, Trade & Investment, and has also worked as a consultant to the same ministry.
All the appointments take effect on July 1, 2013.

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